Two train's on Cologne's underground railway collided yesterday injuring over 60 people
The accident occurred yesterday during the evening rush hour at about 17:40 at the Christophstrasse MediaPark station on the system's Line 15. A prototype 'City-Sprinter' train which has been undergoing testing for about six weeks collided with another, older train which was standing in the station. The prototype train was travelling at about 50 km/h. Five of the injured, including the driver of the prototype are said to be in a crtical condition.
The prototype train, manufactured by Siemmens is designed to stop automatically at red stop signals. It had left Ebert station minutes earlier with a Seimmens technician on board when there appears to have been a malfunction. The train failed to stop at a red signal in advance of Christophstrasse station. Instead, it carried on at full speed into the rear of the other train.
Electrical power to the system had to be cut in order to allow access for rescue workers.
The 'City-Sprinter' was completely destroyed.
5 critical in German underground train collision
24 Aug 99
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